The House Democrats got big media publicity for a huff-and-puff committee session on global warming this week, yet no one seems to have noticed that on the hot-button issue of Iraq, the congress which has been clamoring for "oversight" opportunities wasn't as interested Wednesday morning:
all 435 members of the House were invited to participate in a
classified briefing Wednesday morning providing an update on
implementation of the president's surge strategy in Iraq, only about
25-30 members accepted the invitation.
two-hour closed event at started at 8:00 a.m. EST. Members who attended
told FOX News that the meeting was "helpful" and "useful" in that the
officials essentially confirmed a lot of what has been reported
publicly about the strategy.
of Defense Undersecretary for Policy Eric Edelman, who was testifying
later in the day to the Senate Armed Services Committee on the troop
surge, appeared with the directors of intelligence and operations for
the Joint Chiefs of Staff and a high ranking State Department official,
for a closed-door briefing.
Rep. Paul Hodes, D-N.H., said the briefing "cemented (his) conviction"
that the president’s policy of "escalation" is the wrong answer for
Iraq at this time. Rep. Jane Harman, D-Calif., was guarded in answering
questions about the details of the briefing but said the meeting was
"informative" and members "were able to talk about strategy with people
who really know what’s going on on the ground."
Hat tip: blackrain4xmas